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Previewing the NASCAR CWTS Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer

One more race is all that is left to determine a champion. 22 races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season eight series regulars have scored a victory (Christopher Bell five times, Johnny Sauter four times, John Hunter Nemechek twice, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes, Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, and Kaz Grala once). Heading into the 23rd and final race of the season, Bell, Cindric, Crafton, and Sauter are the Championship Four.

The last time the Truck Series visited Homestead-Miami Speedway, William Byron earned the victory over Tyler Reddick by 2.175 seconds. Sauter finished third, scoring his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. Kyle Larson and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-five that night.

Crafton and Sauter are the only two former winners entered in Friday night’s race. In the six most recent Homestead races, there have been six different winners.

Truck Series Championship

It has come down to this. The Championship Four include Bell and Sauter, who have dominated much of the season. Series veteran Crafton, and Rookie Cindric, make up the rest of the Championship Four. The highest finisher of these four drivers will be the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion.

At Homestead, the first stage ends on lap 40, the second stage on lap 80, and the final stage on lap 134. The Championship Four will not earn points in the first two stages.

What to Watch For in the Ford EcoBoost 200

There are several storylines going into this weekend’s race to watch for:

  • Tyler Young will be in the No. 02 Randco / Young’s Building Systems Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports.
  • Wendell Chavous returns in the No. 15 Low T Centers Chevrolet Silverado for Premium Motorsports.
  • Austin Wayne Self returns in the No. 44 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado for Faith Motorsports in partnership with AM Racing.
  • J. Bell returns in the No. 45 Niece Equipment / MG Machinery Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.
  • Robby Lyons returns in the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado for Premium Motorsports.
  • Myatt Snider will be in the No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • Chris Windom returns in the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado for the Mittler Brothers.
  • Bayley Currey returns to the No. 83 Preferred Industrial Contractors Chevrolet Silverado for Copp Motorsports after earning the teams,’ as well as his own, first top-10 finish last weekend.
  • Regan Smith returns in the No. 92 BTS Tire & Wheel Ford F-150 for Ricky Benton Racing.
  • Dalton Sargeant will be in the No. 99 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet Silverado for MDM Motorsports.

Where and When to Watch (All Times Eastern)

Practice 1: Friday, November 17, 8:30 a.m., on Fox Sports 1.

Practice 2: Friday, November 17, 10:00 a.m., on Fox Sports 1.

Qualifying: Friday, November 17, 3:30 p.m., on Fox Sports 1.

Race: Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m., on Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM Channel 90, and the Motor Racing Network.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.